Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (3781 words)


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Although dated to 1840, Poe’s famous short story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque was first published in November of 1839, and in two volumes. The volumes are dedicated to Colonel William Drayton of Philadelphia who was Poe’s commanding officer at Fort Moultrie. Poe scholar T.O. Mabbott believes that Drayton possibly “had helped Poe financially” with the tale collection (Poe 2:471). The collection is preceded by Poe’s well-known “Preface” in which he urges, in an attempt to counter his critics, that “…terror is not of Germany, but of the soul…” (Poe 2:473). Poe presents that while “…secondary names of German …

Citation: Sucur, Slobodan. "Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 June 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1723, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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